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Welcome Fall with these Quinoa Smoothies!

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Grabbing a smoothie on the go is an easy way to schedule breakfast, lunch or a yummy snack into your already busy day.  I stumbled upon quinoa smoothies when I ran out of steel cut oats one busy Monday morning and quickly subbed a cup of quinoa I had left over from the night before. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and consistency and have been creating different smoothie combinations ever since. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient, gluten-free grain that is high in protein and dietary fiber. Its smooth nutty taste blends well with cashews, creating a milk like consistency without the dairy. I love all things pumpkin and my latest smoothie creation is my own version of a pumpkin spice latte. So go ahead and join in on the pumpkin craze with a delicious and nutritious pumpkin quinoa smoothie. It’s a great, natural alternative to a Fall favorite!

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Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Smoothie

Ingredients & Method

  • ¼ cup raw cashew pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup cooked or canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered stevia
  • 6 ice cubes

Option add-in: 1/4 cup coffee

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Note: If you have the time cook your own pumpkin, just cut the pumpkin in half and bake for 1 to 2 hours at 350 degrees.

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Blueberry Quinoa Smoothie

Ingredients & Method

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • ¾ cups crushed Ice
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon stevia

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Note: You can add the sweetener of your choice but I prefer stevia because it’s a smart way of adding in sweetness without the extra calories.

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